Doing Process Research in Organizations : Noticing Differently

Simpson, Barbara and Revsbaek, Line, eds. (2022) Doing Process Research in Organizations : Noticing Differently. Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN 9780192849632

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This edited book takes up the challenge that process philosophy and process ontology pose to conventional, entity-based empirical research, even daring to question the relevance of 'methodology' in contemporary process organization studies. A process ontology demands re-imagining and ongoing re-invention of how researchers inquire into and engage with the movements and moments of a morphing world, and this in turn requires us to notice differently in our empirical engagements. Contributors to this book share a commitment to research that is more-than-representational in its concern to notice and act-with the latencies and diversities of living experience. Drawing inspiration from process philosophies, posthuman subjectivities, post qualitative inquiry, art, poetics, cinematics and aesthetics, the chapters actively manifest the doing, reading and writing of process research by attuning to occasions, moments, atmospheres, affects, agencements, with-ness, difference and multiplicity. In bringing these ideas alive, the authors engage with their own empirical unfoldings by means of communing, corresponding, caring, performative writing, depersonalization, subject proliferation, mindfulness, relating, slow seeing, rhythmanalysis, listening, chromatic empiricism, and diffraction. Each chapter offers a unique worlding constituted in the particular elements it brings together, and affording a style of reading that is oriented towards sensing rather than knowing or mastery. The chapters can be read in any order, alone or with and through each other. Collectively they evoke a mycelial web of resonance travelling across, between and beyond the contents of this book.